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The University of North Carolina Wilmington

  • Wilmington, NC
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 60%40%
    student ratio
  • 12,428
    total students
  • $4,026 | $16,163
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • 56%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 599
    sat math
  • 591
    sat reading
  • 573
    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

North Carolina's Coastal University

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is a public university located along North Carolina's beautiful coastal region between Cape Fear and the Atlantic Ocean. UNCW is committed to providing affordable access to a scholarly community that improves the quality of life through its exploration of health, the arts, the economy, education, the environment, and marine and coastal issues.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is recognized for its commitment to innovative education, service learning, and global outreach. With over 7000 students contributing more than 70,000 hours of volunteer service, UNCW is regularly placed on the President's Higher Education Community Service honor roll. UNCW is ranked 25th in the nation among medium-sized schools in the number of Peace Corp volunteers it produces each year.

Top Rankings for the University of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is regularly recognized as one of the top universities in the South. The "US News and World Report" consistently ranks it within the top 15 overall universities and within the top 10 public universities in the South. The "Princeton Review" recognized UNCW among the Best in the Southeast.

"Kiplinger's" and "Forbes" both recognize the University of North Carolina Wilmington as a Best Value among public universities. In addition, the "U.S. News and World Report" ranks University of North Carolina Wilmington Cameron School of Business in terms of the debt load for its Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program, a good indicator of the school's affordability.

Academics at UNCW

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is divided into 5 academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Health and Human Services; the Watson College of Education; the Cameron School of Business; and the UNCW Graduate School. Through these institutions, the University of North Carolina Wilmington offers 52 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate programs.

UNCW provides Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in the fields of anthropology, art, art history, biology, marine biology, chemistry, biochemistry, communication studies, computer science, creative writing, English, environmental studies, film studies, foreign languages, foreign literatures, geography, geology, history, international studies, mathematics, statistics, music, philosophy, religion, physics, physical oceanography, pre-engineering, psychology, public and international affairs, sociology, criminology, theater, health, nursing, social work, accounting, business law, business, economics, finance, information systems, operations management, management, marketing, early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education, literacy, special education, educational leadership, instructional technology, and secondary education.

Research at UNCW

The University of North Carolina Wilmington distinguishes itself in the fields of biology, marine biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology, mathematics and statistics, public and international affairs, and psychology. UNCW receives approximately $10 million annually in research funding for its well-over 150 active research projects. UNCW faculty members are well-published and frequently-interviewed experts in their fields.

UNCW is home to many groundbreaking research facilities, centers, and institutes. Acquarius, for example, is the university's underwater laboratory where scientists live for up to 10 days conducting research. UNCW CREST (Campus for Research, Entrepreneurship, Service and Teaching) Research Park is a public-private partnership fostering some of the most advanced biotechnology research along the East Coast.

For over 3 decades, the Center for Marine Science has been a leader in basic and applied research in the marine sciences including the study of marine biotechnology, biodiversity, natural products, oceanography, coastal ecology, estuarine and river ecology, coral reef ecology, fisheries biology, and marine mammals. The center is recognized as a national leader in environmental research, particularly noted for its contributions on harmful algal blooms.

Education Abroad

Undergraduate students may choose from over 500 education abroad opportunities in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America, or Oceania. UNCW offers summer and spring short-term faculty-member-led programs as well as semesters abroad.

Student Life on A Beautiful Coastal Campus

With its neo-Georgian buildings set among attractive landscaping, UNCW enjoys one of the most beautiful campuses in the South. UNCW is home to the 108-acre Ev-Henwood nature preserve and the Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve.

The campus is home to numerous residential housing communities, such as Seahawk Landing which features 2 and 4 bedroom apartments, coffee shops, food markets, a workout facility, and a large outdoor swimming pool.

UNCW is home to an active student life. Every year, the university hosts an Involvement Carnival, during which students visit the booths of local businesses and community service organizations to learn about volunteer activities. Its Midnight Madness is the annual kickoff for the UNCW Seahawks' men's and women's basketball season. The event feature a 3-point and dunk contest, dance performances, player introductions, and team scrimmages.

Prior to final exams, students can relieve stress by participating in an oozeball mudslinging extravaganza in which teams of 6 to 8 players compete for the Oozeball title. Over 600 students participate in this event annually.


Location & Contact

The University of North Carolina Wilmington

601 South College Road
NC 28403-3297

Dr.Terrence Curran

Associate Provost

Phone: 910-962-3876
Fax: 910-962-3922
Email: admissions@uncw.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education&-Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kindergarten/Preschool Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Specific Subject Areas) Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health Education and Promotion
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Therapeutic Recreation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Statistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy and Religious Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

56% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied10,838
    • Accepted6,160
    • Acceptance Rate56%
    • Enrolled12,428
    • Female Applicants7,894
    • Females Accepted4,082
    • Female Acceptance Rate51%
    • Male Applicants2,944
    • Males Accepted2,078
    • Male Acceptance Rate70%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman4.06
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 591 550 630
    • SAT Math 599 560 640
    • SAT Writing 573 520 620
    • ACT Composite 25 23 26
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$4,026
    • Out-of-state tuition *$16,163
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$2,317.10
    • Room and board *$8,624.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students12,428
    • Male Student Percentage40%
    • Female Student Percentage60%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.31%
    • Black or African American4.85%
    • White or Caucasian80.21%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.48%
    • Asian1.97%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.21%
    • Two or more races2.79%
    • Unknown2.49%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.68% representing 54 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students14% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 33%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Association of Campus Entertainment, Residence Hall Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball No Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division 1 No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Gymnastics No No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division 1 Yes
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,009
    • Full-time Percentage64%
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio17:1 or 12,649 students to 764 faculty


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